- ONE WOMAN ON A MISSION TO DISCOVER & EXPERIENCE ALL THINGS LOS ANGELES
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This here is my best “Summer you best not go away” look. And the entire look I’ll have you know was made possible by one of my absolute FAVORITE LA based brands, DSTLD. If you’re not familiar with DSTLD, they make the most incredible denim and basics for a fraction of competitive brands in stores. They create the product and sell directly to the consumer – thus cutting out the middle man, and thus making the goods more affordable. I became familiar with DSTLD right around when I started my own blog about 4 years ago, and every year they continue to impress me more and more. They’re always right on the pulse of trends and fashion, they keep it simple and structured, and they love the grey scale as much as I do. We’re two peas in a fashion pod DSTLD and I!
Anyone else feel like the end of summer is beginning to close in on us? You can’t make me buy sweaters and boots just yet, I simply refuse. In light of us somehow already being midway through August, I have been taking FULL advantage of restaurants with patios, outdoor adventures, and air-conditioned movie theaters this past week. I am savoring every last minute of summer I can get and I am loving it. I’m even hosting a pizza and sangria party in my backyard this weekend because we’ve had such wonderful warm nights.
I took a look at my Instagram feed this morning and realized that I might have a problem. I think I’m addicted to stripes? My entire vibe right now is stripes – unintentionally! Does anyone else feel like stripes – especially statement stripes – are having a real moment? Or is it just me. Could very well be just me going through a phase, but the striped items I’m currently scooping up are just out of this world incredible. Like these House of Harlow pants I bought on Revolve. Holy sh*t talk about the perfect pants. I might look a bit like a circus tent but I’ll tell you what, I’ve never gotten more compliments on a pair of pants in my life. I was worried I would only wear these a few times because they really are quite the statement but to my surprise I’ve already had to get them dry cleaned twice – I’ve had them for about three weeks.
I can’t seem to stop buying button down shirts from Madewell right now. “This one has little palm trees, I’ll take it.” “This one has has an open back! I’ll take it.” THIS one has a great plaid color palate, I’ll take it!” – me, every time I step foot in Madewell. I just absolutely love a good lightweight shirt for summer, and Madewell makes all the best ones. (I know I’m already really selling this hard and I promise this is not an ad, just a personal observation!)
Another trend of sorts that I am loving this Summer is the statement shoe – remember last week when I chatted about my love for statement mules? Well this week it carries over to my love for a good pair of summertime statement heels. The key is to find a pair that make you want to go on vacation, and make THAT your statement.
If there’s one shoe I am seriously crushing on this year, it’s the mule. It took me a minute to get to this place, and now that I’m here I ain’t lookin’ back! I’m not typically drawn to flats, but there have been so many great flat mules coming out this year that I seem to have changed my tune a bit. I don’t think there’s a single girl in LA right now who doesn’t have a pair of mules to pair with their high waisted Levi’s. It’s definitely become part of the “LA girl” look, especially for Summer. We here in the City of Angels are all about ease, comfort, and yet anything “chic”, so mules seem to be the no brainer!
I constantly go back and forth between wondering if I can actually pull off the bandana trend. They’re honestly not the easiest of accessories to pull off, but when you do, it’s awesome. I’ve never been one to back down from a challenge – especially a fashion challenge – so I’ve been having a ton of fun playing with how to wear one of my current favorite trends hitting the streets of Los Angeles.
Is there seriously anything better than finding things you love from your favorite designers on sale? I absolutely L O V E a good sale, and the sales going on this Summer are making me one very happy shopper. Where I feel like I scored the most though was on these amazing Stuart Weitzman suede ankle booties – they’re on sale right now for $263 from $535 and they come in three colors! I stopped at just the nude pair because I could very easily go crazy and buy them all, but the great thing about these nude boots is that they’re great even for Summer. I feel like I can honestly wear these with just about anything – jeans, a pair of cut off shorts, a dress, whatever! I love that these in particular are not only crazy comfortable, but because they’re nude and they’ve got this great slimming effect. I am all about any slimming effects these days, lets be honest.
Last week I had the most INCREDIBLE opportunity to join the luxury fashion website Farfetch on a grand “Summer in LA” adventure. In just one day we shopped till we dropped at the stunning Maxfield boutique, we sipped on sparkling champagne by the pool at the Beverly Hills Hotel, we roamed *privately* through the brand new Marciano Art Foundation, and then we ended the night by *privately* dining on the rooftop of one of my all time LA favs – Mama Shelter. YEP. TRUE STORY PEOPLE. Talk about peaking early, the first day of Summer was already the best one this season I’m sure of it!
The weather this week could seriously not have been more perfect – seems so fitting for the first official week of Summer! Naturally whilst strolling around Santa Monica yesterday, I decided to stroll on down to the beach to take in the beautiful Summer setting. This was one of those days where I felt so incredibly grateful to live where I live. To be able to just say, “you know what? I feel like walking down by the beach right now”… and then just doing it on a whim while its 80 and sunny… is kind of amazing. I really am so grateful for this city, this weather, and these beautiful beaches. I’m actually wearing a shirt that was made as a collaboration between Madewell and The Surfrider Foundation to support the foundation’s mission to protect and preserve our beautiful coastlines. They have a small limited collection out right now that includes this ADORABLE t-shirt that comes in blue or red writing, along with a great little straw tote and some fun pairs of sunnies.
Two of my favorite trends this Summer: yellow, and cold shoulder tops. There’s something so “take me on a vacation” about both, and the best part is that both trends are incredibly versatile and budget friendly. I have found so many chic cold shoulder tops for less than $100, with some of my favorites being even less than $50.